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      Martial Arts Music
      Does your martial arts school/instructor play music during your training? I am assuming that the vast majority of schools/instructors do not train with music... but just want to confirm.

      If your school does... Is it Asian-type music, Rocky-like music, Zen/mediation-like music, recent hits or something else?

      If your school does not... Do you wish they did play some type of music during training?

      Will
      Black Belt Wiki
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      The best "martial arts" countries at the 2016 Olympics
      The 2016 Olympics has just ended and I thought it would be interesting to see which countries won the most martial arts gold medals. I have only included countries that won at least two martial arts gold medals in 2016.

      Russia was the biggest winner in terms of martial arts gold medals. Maybe we should be looking at more Russian martial arts. :) China, the home of Shaolin, etc. did not have a great martial arts showing in 2016. Japan did well and they should do even better at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo (especially with the addition of Karate in 2020). Maybe we should be drinking red wine given France's martial arts success. Korea improved on its 2012 Taekwondo results. And if you want to learn boxing, go to Cuba or... Uzbekistan!

      Russia - 11 Total... 2 - Judo, 4 - Wrestling, 1 - Boxing, 4 - Fencing
      Japan - 7 Total... 3 - Judo, 4 - Wrestling
      France - 5 Total... 2 - Judo, 2 - Boxing, 1 - Fencing
      Cuba - 5 Total... 2 - Wrestling, 3 - Boxing
      USA - 4 Total... 1 - Judo, 2 - Wrestling, 1- Boxing
      S. Korea - 3 Total... 2 - Taekwondo, 1 - Fencing
      Uzbekistan - 3 Total... 3 - Boxing
      Hungry - 2 Total... 2 - Fencing
      China - 2 Total... 2 - Taekwondo
      Italy - 2 Total... 1 - Judo, 1 - Fencing
      Brazil - 2 Total... Boxing - 1, Judo - 1
      UK - 2 Total... 1 - Taekwondo, 1 - Boxing

      Will
      Black Belt Wiki

      P.S. Hope my math adds up. :)
      P.P.S. I will try to update the main Olympics & Martial Arts wiki page with the final results & hopefully some video replays of the championship matches later this week - http://www.blackbeltwiki.com/martial-arts-at-the-olympics
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        Will - Black Belt Wiki I was also impressed by how many small countries received "martial arts" gold medals - Armenia (1-wrestling), Serbia (1-wrestling), Georgia (1-wrestling), Jordan (1-Taekwondo), Ivory Coast (1-Taekwondo), Azerbaijan (1-Taekwondo), Slovenia (1-Judo), Kosovo (1-Judo), etc.

        Will
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        Andy [171668,Will - Black Belt Wiki], ahem, I think you forgot our (uk) best Olympic star Nicola Adams boxing gold! :)
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      The "Screw"
      Hi, guys!

      I just thought I'd run this by you all and see if there are any questions about it!

      If you have any questions or suggestions about it (or if you can't use the concept after watching), PLEASE ask! I know it's polite to give praise, but it's more important to me to have thought out constructive criticism so I can make better training aids.
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        James In my view needs more explanation as to what is actually going on here. In my opinion unless this is demonstating that you have been dragged to the ground from behind you appear to be turning your back on whoever knocked you over. Also your hands stay too low for too long for my liking offering little or no protection to the face and head as you rise.
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        PAUL (paldo) REYNOLDS @ Supermazingbadgerman: good drill ! Recommend to state the purpose of this kata or exercise in the beginning. I think street close is more effective than instructing with a gi to emphasize the particular points of the body such as the hip rotation. However, I prefer the gi for a more professional appearance for viewing. I would not recommend shorts for possible sexism comments. The body flexibility is a good demonstration !
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        Andy [172230,Superamazingbadgerman], hi Mike, looks like a good practical drill! I like how you don't use the hands while getting up which I can see good use of for both empty hand and weapon applications! Other than that what is the general purpose of this manoeuvre? Ps good flexibility there!
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      Starting kids in martial arts.
      At what age are children able to start training martial arts?

      Personally my children have never known any other lifestyle, but I will not teach anyone under the age of 5. And often decline kids who are older based on maturity. Even though I was encouraging my children to practice from the time they walked.

      My youngest officially started training at 3.
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        Will - Black Belt Wiki You might also want to consider different starting ages for kids joining with a parent beginner versus kids who are joining by themselves.

        A child learning alongside a parent could be 4 or 5 years old as there is (hopefully) constant correction & monitoring by the parent. Kids in these family classes can be even younger if the class is geared more towards fun versus learning kata, etc.

        If you are trying to herd cats (teach a group of little ones by themselves), the right age is definitely older (maybe starting with mature 5s and/or 6 year olds).

        Will
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        Al W We start from 4, preferably 5. It matters not when they start, it's good to try and mould them from a young age. Regardless of what age they achieve shodan they will be retested upon reaching the age of 16
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        Kathryn Carson Our dojang has a "Little Dragons" class for under-fives, but it's very small, a half-hour, and only once weekly. Curriculum is limited to how to line up, stand at attention, bow, basic kicks and punches, and *very* basic Korean terms. It's treated like a "white belt prep" class.
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      GOJU-RYU SHISOCHIN KATA by MORIO HIGAONNA
      Shisochin Kata demonstration
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        Andy Here are some Bunkai regarding this kata https://youtu.be/g3Dsh64oJdw https://youtu.be/6-embKzrjaI https://youtu.be/tUjJQw68AFw https://youtu.be/Zb5zj2_8w8E
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        Andy @PAUL (paldo) REYNOLDS and @James Anderson, Paul Sama and James, here are some renditions of Shisochin Kata https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shisochin for you both to review (I know that you Paul Sama enjoy reviewing kata and reading your profile James this is also the main reason you joined the community :) https://youtu.be/uTAOC6Tq0gw https://youtu.be/-ooeCojpnZ4 https://youtu.be/Ofqi_5kUDSM https://youtu.be/n1ha_r7LKNk https://youtu.be/ZV73Ko3Bpw8 https://youtu.be/EB7my2VlVqQ
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      What movie inspired you to start your martial arts training?
      I was inspired by many movies (i.e. Bruce Lee, etc.). However, the ones that really stick in my mind are the Seven Samurai and some of the old dubbed Kung Fu movies (esp. the movies with Gordon Liu).

      As a kid, I always loved martial arts movies where it was good fighting evil and where hardwork & dedication overcame training difficulties.

      Will
      Black Belt Wiki
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        Todd Mendenhall Circle of Iron was not a terrible movie, if you take it in context. This is one movie, I wish that would be remade a little more on the lines Mr. Lee wanted.
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        Arnold Dean Perez A Circle of Iron is the movie that peaked my interest in the philosophy first. From there I found myself signing up for classes. So far and I'm very new, I have enjoyed every moment. Even the injuries. Lol
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        Todd Mendenhall Sony Chiba did make good movies
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      Should martial arts instructors know CPR & first aid?
      When you combine out-of-shape middle aged adults and vigorous martial arts training, you have the potential for medical emergencies.

      Do your instructors know CPR & first aid? Or should they only know how to call 911? Does your school train for medical emergencies (i.e. heart attack, broken bones, serious bleeding, etc.)?

      Related question - How has your school dealt with medical emergencies in the past?

      Will
      Black Belt Wiki
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        Todd Mendenhall Yes, I think it is responsible and ethical for any Instructor to know basic first aid. They should know CPR, as well as, how to deal with Concussion and minor injuries. Martial Arts, can be dangerous if the proper control is not initiated, so understanding the difference between minor and major injury is imperative.
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        Beth Loomer Everyone should be trained to deal with these things. Who knows when it will happen your own home even.
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        Andy Alternatively, have a handy supply of large plastic bags and shovels on standby and access to a large swathe of open land! :)
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      Martial Arts Humor & Jokes
      Thought it would be really great to get some martial arts jokes to tell in class to break the ice with my young and new students in autumn, if you know of any jokes or humourous anecdotes that can appeal in a class, but still not let it descend into anarchy, I'd love to hear them.
      Let my kick off:
      "How many karate instructors does it take to change a lightbulb?"

      "100! One to change the bulb and 99 to say it would not work on the street!"
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        Al W Not so much a joke but a humorous observation.

        A few weeks ago Renshi Bob Caruana paid our dojo a visit to teach the class, he was one of the instructors who taught my instructor. He noticed that one of our members performs his blocks, and punches a little differently. He asked the chap what style he did before (as it clearly wasn't Shotokan), to which he replied "Sankukai Sensei", Renshi Bob waited a moment and replied with "Sankukai? Never heard of it". My sides were splitting, after our chap explained a bit about it Bob ends the conversation with "Yoshinao Who?, never heard of him"

        Renshi Bob is a character, often described as Fat Elvis (well only by the guy he just insulted)
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        DW Duke I was serving as a referee in Tae Kwon Do at the Junior Olympics. A Grand Master walked up to me and said, "We need explain to these USA Tae Kwon Do kids that WTF in Tae Kwon Do is not the same as WTF on Facebook. It is hard for these kids to spar when they are laughing so hard they can't stand up."
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        Al W What do you get if you cross a karateka and a tin of beans?

        Martial Farts
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      Tiger Balm & Andy
      In honor of Andy, I have just now added Tiger Balm to the community store :) - http://community.blackbeltwiki.com/store

      Of course, we are still waiting for Tiger Balm to make [171807,Andy] an official spokesperson!

      Will
      Black Belt Wiki
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        Al W Can't say I've used Tiger Balm, used Deep Heat, it helped with muscle pains I had
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        Will - Black Belt Wiki [171807,Andy]

        Ha! I like it - just added the joke to the Chuck Norris page.
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        Andy [171668,Black Belt Wiki], just had a look at the Chuck 'facts' :),did you know that when Chuck Norris was born he slapped the midwife and made HER cry? :)
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      A Karate Guy Never Gives Up
      An off shoot of Any inquiring about dropping out and having the natural spirit for martial arts. My nephew recently started taking classes (he is 4 years old) i was play sparing with him after class and gave up to fighting him and he told me "A karate guy never gives up" , it was adorable.

      Its all about spirit, he will most likely make this an important part of his life, im eager to see him grow in it.
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        (deleted) Yes, except when it is time to give up (in self-defense you have to know when to hold-em, when to fold-em and when to walk away) Oh yeah, know when to run too!
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        Andy Thanks for that Rachel that explains why I haven't been able to find any reference to what my physio therapist was talking about lol, oh and I think I'll stick to cross training as opposed to cross dressing. :)
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        Rachel DS Wow. Andy....that is inspiring.....BTW it is plantar flexion your physio was referring to.....ie pointing the toes down. I rarely listen to doctors re that sort of thing.....physios know more about rehab on the whole.....speaking as one.....according to my daughter age 4.... Everyone looks good in a tutu so if you ever feel a need to cross train you could always get one. Apparently ballet is really good for your karate.
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      Is boxing a martial art?
      Is boxing considered to be a martial art by traditional martial artists?
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      Happy Birthday Blackbelt Wiki Community!
      Yes we are now officially 1 year old! First of all a big thank you to @Will - Black
      Belt Wiki for creating this community out of the ashes of the old black belt wiki message boards! I personally believe that this community is the best place currently available on the Internet for fellow martial artists to meet, discuss MA topics and interact in a safe and no
      BS environment. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate ALL fellow members for their contributions and for making my job as a community moderator so easy! Looking back over the past year it is perhaps ironic that I (as a moderator) have probably been the worst behaved on here (except for
      [172080,Rachel DS] who should be ashamed of herself for being such a bad influence and leading me astray on so many occasions)! :)
      My only wish is that more of our 300+ members would get involved and post something (anything!!! Lol). May our community continue to go from strength to strength (quick pass the barf bag!) and continue for many more years to come!
      I would also like to say a big 'screw you!' to all of the spam merchants that either I (but much more so Will) have had to delete and ban over this last year! Osu :)
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        Rachel DS It has been a pleasure leading you astray [171807,Andy] and I mean that in the most innocent way possible. It is important to have a sense of humour at least proportional to one's sense of passion. I have certainly got a lot out of being involved in this online community and hope it kicks on despite the occasional knock out joke from any of us. 😂 O tonjobi emedeto gosaimashita and domo arigato gosaimashita to [171668,Will - Black Belt Wiki] for creating the community!
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        Keston Destiny I want to thank Black Belt Wiki for allowing someone like me with no knowledge of karate into your lives. My daughters have been so prosperous on their journey through karate and it's been an enjoyment to be alongside them. I'm proud to say that after 14 trophies, 5 medals, and 5 tournaments my girls will be advancing to yellow belt on June 9th. So I'm very happy for this community and pardon my lack of activity, I do care.
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        Will - Black Belt Wiki Thanks [171807,Andy]

        This community (when active :) has been a ton of fun with good-natured teasing, jokes and humorous videos. More importantly, it has helped many people (members & visitors) to learn about different martial arts and the camaraderie of martial arts training.

        I want to thank everyone who has contributed to this community and the wiki!!!!!!!

        Will
        Black Belt Wiki
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      Member's Showcase
      I see videos on here of people at competitions, and various other forms of media. Wouldn't it be nice if we could see each other perform our respective styles/arts? So I'm creating this post just for that, no videos of Chuck Norris roundhousing squirrels or any other videos of non -members.

      Criticism is always welcome but keep it clean and no bullying. Remember we're all different with different levels of skills and athletic ability
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      Luca Valdesi - Unsu kata
      Demonstration of Unsu Kata
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        John Luttrell As part of our club's 15th anniversary we had a course on Unsu with Sensei Hazard and Sensei Trimbel it was excellent and we all learned a great deal. If you get a chance to train with either of these gentlemen you will learn a lot.
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        Al W Can anyone help me develop the jump in this kata? I need to learn to perform the Sempu Tobi Geri on both legs for reasons that will remain classified at present
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        Al W If I could be half as good as him then I would count myself lucky
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      Trials & tribulations of running a martial arts school
      What are the major problems of running a martial arts school? Does it involve finding students, accidents, training monotony, weekend schedules, non payers, legal issues, etc.?

      Since we have a number of martial arts school instructors and/or owners in this community (such as [171786,Christopher Adamchek] , [174082,Andrea Harkins The Martial Arts Woman]" , [186241,Nathalie] , [181642,Ced] , [175467,Kenneth Winthrop] , [178814,Patrick Lee] and many others), I thought they might share their "trials & tribulations" in order to educate others.

      Will
      Black Belt Wiki
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        Nathalie Hello everyone,

        My boyfriend and I operate a kyokushin karate school and I am training 2 teens to become junior black belts and 1 girl who is going for her first dan at the age of 24. This young lady has been avid at our school since 2011. Listening, being present, showing up, training, etc...Now, she trains 5-6 days per week to prep for the big test. I love her determination and she is very sweet.

        The thing is that she is very soft in her movements as in katas, she speaks very low, when she is quizzed, if we can't read lips, we don't get what her answer is and she has never kiai'd in the 5 years that she's been with us. She is very shy and does not socialize with anyone. Not that she has to but there is never a conversation unless someone else engages her, she just picks up her stuff after class and she is gone in a flash.

        I can kind of relate to her because growing up and as a young adult, I was morbidly shy but I made myself get over it and though I get fleeting thoughts of self-doubt sometimes, I don't let those get in my way. I even remember being shy to kiai in class and thinking, after a few years of hearing others just let it all out, that I better get over that one before I get noticed as the one who is scared to kiai so I just do it from the gut, especially since my brown belt level training for my bb test.

        I have explained the meaning of the kiai to the group (oh, and they do it but they hold back so much) (thank you Jesse, btw, for your great articles, I love referring to them) the importance of putting power into their katas plus how important the breathing is as in Sanchin kata . She will nod, agree and just continue to do what she usually does, soft punches and mouth shut, not a sound of breath nor kiai.

        One of my previous instructors who is strict suggested that during the kata part of the test, we should make them all redo the katas over and over until done perfectly (as in our usual way of testing) but make sure all the kiais are heard clearly otherwise this segment won't end.

        My first question is: Is it not a must at this level? and How do I make her feel secure enough to express herself? (believe it or not she has a masters degree in communications).

        Thank you for your attention

        Nathalie
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        Ray Late to the party but.....

        I do not own or run my school. Nor do I have a real say in anything.

        I do have the largest class. My own account for gear with kwon u.s.a. I get everyone set up for tournaments open up most days, and sub for some of the other instructors on a regular basis.

        My biggest obstacle is not owning my own gym.
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        Ced I am confident that between the various opinions you will find what works best for you. Good luck wish you much success.
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      Have you ever encountered a fake black belt?
      Have you ever encountered a fake black belt? While kids have been known to "exaggerate"... have you encountered any adults who have lied about their martial arts experience?

      I am asking because of a video that is going viral that shows a BJJ instructor going off on a fake black belt - http://www.inquisitr.com/2235940/miami-martial-arts-instructor-ruben-alvarez-outed-fake-black-belt-berates-him-to-wear-white-belt-if-he-wants-to-return/

      Will
      Black Belt Wiki
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        Todd Mendenhall Over my years I have come across a few fake black belts. I never would judge a person by how high the kicks are or the physical issues. I always looked at how effectively they perform techniques, for is not a black belt to measure the understanding of basic techniques? I also, find out from talking with them on the amount of knowledge and the way they present themselves. I have seen a few who have, upon investigation of discussing with them, just faked their way into a MCdojo or worse yet started one. I have at one time been a competitor, referee and judge at tournaments. I am amazed at the level at which I have seen, in general, Black Belt's have come down from the times past. I am mainly talking of forms here. I noticed very few understand the importance of this practice and was just "going through the motions". I might ruffle some feathers, but it is my opinion, that no one should obtain a black belt with out presenting maturity level of understanding not just the technique but the art.
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        PAUL (paldo) REYNOLDS Konnichiwa ! This blog has now lost its composure and smells of burn't french fries. Time for a refund and a new batch .
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        Al W Having spoke with my instructor, it seems the infection has gotten a lot worse than what I had originally thought. Out of all the clubs in my local area, it turns out only about 10-15% are legit. There are MMA and Kickboxing clubs run by "got mines in 30 days" black belts, amongst others that are pure McDojos, and they have loads of members, which cheeses me off as my karate club is legit and is struggling to keep numbers
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      Walls can be used as a martial arts weapon
      Many martial art styles and techniques take advantage of the floor as a weapon but a good solid wall can be just as good a friend to the martial artist in self defence and actual combat situations. Most walls are as solid and unforgiving as the floor and can be used to great effect in the martial arts. An opponent/attacker can be pushed with great force (by using a double open palm thrust to the chest, a technique that anyone familiar with sanchin should be already be versed in), you can catch an oncoming punch or strike and then spin to throw your attacker into a wall, also the effect of most high range kicks or punches can be doubled if you can position yourself so that the attackers head or back will connect with the wall on execution. You can practice some of the pushing or throwing techniques with a partner by placing several mats against a wall but I would only recommend using kicks or punches in conjunction with walls as a means of actual self defence.
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        Kenneth Winthrop When you are defending yourself in the real world you use whatever is available to you. If you can use a wall, floor, car door, whatever use it. We do not worry about points in the real world. When it's for real there are no rules.
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        Kamzy I also agree walls can be used as weapon, it all depend on how you used it.
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        Andy I agree with [171668,Black Belt Wiki] and would stress again that using walls or other solid objects as a 'weapon' is a means of last resort, and only if you are in a situation where it is both vital and applicable!
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      Teaching combinations
      Hi. I really enjoyed the section on teaching kids. Does anyone have ideas about how to teach 40 combinations, like we have in Shukokai? It is hard for the kids to remember them, and not easy to teach. Open to any ideas!
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        PAUL (paldo) REYNOLDS teach in segments and unite them, then add another segment and unite it and so forth. Perform in unison ! The individual performance comes later.
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        Todd Mendenhall It has always been my experience, to break the combinations down. Keep it fundamental, ensure they grasp and get the first technique, then build upon it, just like walking, we crawl first. Then teach the next one, then combine the two. Doing this, a person should be able to get it.
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        Rachel DS My son seems to enjoy learning kihon and combinations in circuit drills. I do too actually. We get to use"toys" ie weights, focus mits, exercise bands, kick pads etc and work in pairs and do 2min I think per station. We are basically doing the same thing at each station but with a different spin and different resistance.
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      What is "hard" and "soft" karate styles?
      What does it mean when you see a karate style labeled as "hard" or "soft"? Does hard mean you chew on iron nails for breakfast and soft is tai chi-like? :)

      Seriously, wikipedia labels some karate styles harder than others - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_karate_styles

      Also according to the opinion of karate students (and not wikipedia) - what is the hardest karate style? And what is the softest karate style?

      Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
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        Bryce Hard and soft styles, in my own personal experience, tend to be all about how one approaches blocking. In hard styles (in karate, at least) such as Shotokan, you see blocks which have a lot of power, and the point of these blocks is often not only to avoid injury yourself, but to injure the opponent as well with the power of the block. In order to put up with the impact created by such powerful blocks, practitioners of hard styles will often take part in exercises to toughen up their bodies (see Kyokushin karate).

        Soft styles, on the other hand, tend to focus on staying relaxed during a fight and tend to redirect or avoid their opponent's energy as opposed to directly clashing with it. This means that the blocks themselves only use enough energy to avoid injury, in theory allowing the soft-style practitioner to retain their energy for later in the fight (with enough endurance training and body control their is obviously no difference in endurance levels between practitioners of different styles; this is just the theory). Wado-Ryu karate is one example of a soft style; the style blends the relaxed, circular movements of Japanese jiujutsu with the hard, direct strikes of Japanese karate in a style of movement called Taisabaki (or body shifting). In this, the practitioner shifts away from the opponents strikes using their core, employing their blocking hand merely as a safety measure to ensure that the punch or kick does not redirect (in theory, one could perform this part of taisabaki without moving their arms at all). This places the practitioner away from the opponent's strike, but closer to the opponent themselves, allowing the practitioner to move their shifted body weight into the opponent with their counterattack.

        One of the other black belts once asked my sensei which was better, and in response he said "punch is punch; kick is kick." In other words, both types of martial art can be deadly. It depends on yourself and your teacher, not the style itself.

        (Note: Sorry that the soft style explanation is larger; I am a practitioner of Wado-Ryu, and I have more experience with it than I do the hard styles. I felt I should only explain as far as I understood).
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        Andy @Goldin Christie here is one of our earlier posts that covers your question
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        Xatoichi Short answer hard styles punch and kick soft ones grapple and wrestle. They ALL hurt like shit!
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      Where are all the karate women?
      I would like to connect with other women in MA. I train in traditional Japanese / Okinawan karate and am very often the only XX in class. I would like to connect with other like minded women who think it isn't crazy to train in MA.
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        PAUL (paldo) REYNOLDS Hi @ three tears: small world isn't it ! my latest style is Shorin-ryu in a part-time Senior Sensei capacity. I have over 20 yrs in Shotokan and two yrs in Taekwondo. As you probably know Shorin-ryu is an old Japanese style, where Shotokan was developed from. It's amazing, I first started out in Shorin-ryu in Okinawa and nearly 30 yrs later, I've returned to it, although Shotokan is a very strong descendant. The NWMAF seems to be a good org., it seems good for the women etc. Let me know how things progress. Siyonnara!
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        PAUL (paldo) REYNOLDS I enjoy the women's points of view also ! good fortitude !
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        ThreeTears Depending on the school or club you attend, the ratio will vary. I also train in Okinawan karate, and my club includes a large percentage of women. If you want to connect with women in martial arts, you can investigate National Women's Martial Arts Federation (NWMAF). The organization comprises women from all styles. See nwmaf.org
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      How to be better fighter than a UFC or MMA fighter?
      Was training in a park recently with more experienced friend

      A passerby walked up and said that we looked good but asked if it could beat an MMA fighter. Before i could say anything my friend spoke up.

      "Absolutely....UFC has 31 rules - i have none. I would break every rule there is and probably a few they didnt even think to make."

      It was a great response!
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        Ray O.k. I deal with this every day. I train with pro mma fighters. One thinks he is unbeatable. He lost his last 4 fights. The other admits anyone can beat him. He won his last 3. Ironically the first has zero traditional training. The latter has several years.

        Since I do spar and grapple with them on a regular basis I can tell you for certain that it is how you train more than what you train that makes you an effective fighter.
        It is extremely different fighting these guys vs the amature fighters. A lot of the locks that don't work on the pros work on the amature folks.

        Now let's add in the whole adrenaline thing. I witnessed a broken hand continue to be used like nothing was wrong. A knife wound that only started to bleed after the victim relaxed.

        Fact is most who train in the in martial arts don't truly pressure test their skills. Most who do mma training are training to fight. They are very used to getting hit, and reacting to those hits.

        It is arogant to assume that an illegal in mma move would win the day. It could for sure, but with the skill and training of even some of the lowest rank pros it is unlikely.

        Now I am not saying that the illegal stuff is useless it has its place. But I assume then that your life is on the line and you are ready for possible jail time. I also want to add this little bit of info. During my peak training. I would run 2 or 3 miles and weight train 5 days a week. I did Chidokwon 3 days, boxing 3 days, and grappling 3 days, and mma drilling with the fighters 4 days. some days I would be training up to 6 hours after work. many of the pros train like that 6 days. And they would kill for a beer a week out from a fight. ;)
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        PAUL (paldo) REYNOLDS In expression, some things are just not thought out ! as in this post. I'll call it adolescence to be polite. The post asks: How to be a better fighter than a UFC or MMA fighter and goes on and dismisses any rules, quote "UFC has 31 rules - I have none". Furthermore, it quotes, it was a great response. My response does not include any other respondants to this post to be kind. The fact that no rules pertained to this post's challenge, and if I was a contestant, I would not announce my talent to "kill" in order to become a greater fighter than a UFC or MMA fighter. After all, no rules were explicit to this challenge. How can anyone tell in advance the complete talent of a trained martial artist and is willing to take a challenge as offered in this post. Are you now willing to take the challenge with a "death" outcome ? Perhaps this is a greater unexpected response ...killing a "Shogun" is harder than you think or did you not think completely when responding !

        Not being harsh nor personal ! Lesson learned in Japanese dojo still pertains today....arrogance defeated by multiple kumite matches equals humility in nursing your pains ! There is no talk or refusal in kumite matches , except for medical reasons declared in advance. One must comply to meet kumite matches ! In other words, if arrogance is not defeated in the dojo, then the arrogance will not be allowed in the dojo ! Sayonara is saying good-bye politely ! Edict or order is a personal responsibility and is expected to be maintained, therefore, tact and diplomacy should replace arrogance and careless attitutes for others to follow !
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        James I agree broadly with both. One of the problems is that many of the techniques that are outide the rulebook either are very very difficult to land on a trained fighter or simply arent as effective as we'd like to believe.for example trying to get s thumb in the eye of a trained fighter is easier said than done and even if you get there as unpleasant as it may be its not a fight ender on its own. Strikes to the groin can take several seconds for the pain to register and can be fought through. The reality is that most of the fight ending knock out stuff is trained in by UFC guys every day and as [171807,Andy] says the key is to be as strong, fast and conditioned as they are as well as having a variety of interesting techniques to give you an exrra advantage.
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      Please don't post disparaging remarks
      Please don't post disparaging remarks about specific individuals or schools (i.e. XYZ school is a total fraud). We are not Facebook and our legal team is nonexistent... so I hope you understand why these type of posts will not be approved or will be deleted. Also please no political discussions (i.e. Trump vs Clinton).

      Generic negative comments are okay but please don't name any individuals or organizations.

      This community should focus only martial arts-related topics & techniques. Moreover, the administrators & I will try to keep it civil and friendly... so new members will not be intimidated and thus will freely share their knowledge and/or ask questions. We want everyone to benefit from the discussions on this site.

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        Al W Does this mean the likes of Seagal are off limits?
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        PAUL (paldo) REYNOLDS From Alias Master Po > Thats a 1-4 commander, watashida or better yet yobosayo ! replies to Sensei's commands!
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      WHAT DO COURT JUDGES THINK OF KARATE / MA !
      Modern martial arts has presented its good and bad sides to the public, but what does the legal aspects fair with court judges. Your voice !

      My scence of opinion: Awareness ! Know The Legal System, Prevent Jail !

      Some folks may not have thought about the reprecussions of a fight where our karate or MA training capability comes into question in a court of law. Are we aware of the risks taken in today's crazed society of lawsuits for just very minor things because its a way to make a profit for some. What should we do !
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        PAUL (paldo) REYNOLDS Totallly Admire the Stop Child Executions in Iran Initiative @ DW Duke: Now I fully understand why you are hated by the Iran Govt. I look forward to the near impossible outcome, but I do have hope that in will come to a positive way someday. I think its wonderful to continue karate as a kata and kumite judge...a "keen eye" in deed for that position. I do enjoy that position very much and now respect there judgements for I understand there reasonings much more in my later years, than in my younger years when I sometimes disliked referees, when I thought they missed some calls in my hundreds of tournament kumite matches. Thanks for the insight with Iran, and may good karate furture continue your way !
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        kenneth gilbert ii i work in a prison and part time at a county jail and even then i have to be careful in the amount of force i use because even as i would love to use a lot of styles i cant because i know that they will say too much force was use
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        DW Duke I see many good answers answers here. I think just about everyone suggested a correct reading of the law, namely a person can use the amount of force necessary to defend oneself from an attack. Perhaps it is because martial artists typically have excellent control over the amount of force they use, I have never seen anyone held to have used excessive force as a result of his superior martial arts training. In my experience, as an attorney, most people who start fights don't sue, though they often call the police. In reality, if anyone uses any significant force on you there is a presumption of intent to cause serious bodily harm. The defense has to fit the crime. For example, if a person simply put his hand on a martial artist's shoulder and the artist fractured his wrist, that would likely be excessive. But if the attacker grabbed the martial artist, without provocation, and slammed him against a wall while threatening to kick his a##, a jury likely would find a fractured wrist not to be unreasonable use of force. Of course, one never knows for sure what a jury is going to do.
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      Competition Kata - Improvement Techniques
      This year I've taken my first step towards competitions, see me in action on the Members Showcase, and I'm serious about performing Kata at competition.

      What I would like is tips on improving myself and techniques/skills for competition kata
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        Al W I've decided to hold back on competitions at the moment. I'm going to wait until after I get brown belt, it will give me extra time to practice
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        PAUL (paldo) REYNOLDS Hi all ! KATA, my favorite past time! The question is what are the tips to improve. @ Andy & @ Will - Black Belt Wiki advice is real good. My addition is: know the meaning to the kata and emplify the movements to show its meaning. This is what judges look for besides the obvious things as timing etc. You must show CONFIDENCE in your presentation and complete focus. Confur with your higher level practictioners or sensei for periodic feedback while you practice, practice, and practice. The mental aspect becomes more of a challenge than the physical one. When you recognize it for your self, then you are ready to be judged in your next competition. Not to be redundant, but Andy's technical advice must be taken seriously adhered to or you fail technically. You must be totally prepared physically and most of all, mentally!! Good luck.
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        Andy Ok joking aside :)
        I agree with @Will - Black Belt Wiki and @James, to achieve fluidity (and avoid robotic transition which i still maintain is not inherent in ANY martial art when learned to a sufficient degree despite what some other members think!) break the Kata down into elements, practice the foot work separately focusing on the transition of the stance from one position to the next, practice the basic elements (the Kihon involved in the kata separately (as you do in everyday training, remember that Kihon and kata are not supposed to be separate elements but part of the whole), watch demonstrations of the kata you are going to perform by other practitioners on YouTube and in class (you can learn from more experienced practitioners by watching for the minute pauses in the relevant places and the overall execution of how they perform the kata and you can also learn from watching other less
        experienced practitioners by being critical and observing where you think they could have done things better).
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      The art of fighting 'without' fighting!
      We have all heard the term 'fighting without fighting' but what does it actualy mean? Here is a great explanation that mirrors my own personal philosophy on the subject and that I have actualy used on more occasions than I can count to avoid/neutralise violent altercations both in everyday life and when I used to work as a bouncer. http://www.wakingtimes.com/2015/07/20/the-art-of-fighting-without-fighting/
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        Andrea Harkins "The Martial Arts Woman" Fighting without fighting, to me means having the ability, skill, and capabilities to fight back, but only if warranted in a defensive situation. If I encounter an attack, my first response will never be to fight back, but to run away if I can. That's really what martial arts have taught me. I don't want to fight, ever.
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        Goldin Christie I think doing door work is the perfect place to practice the art of fighting without fighting because most of the trouble in pubs and clubs happens because of alcohol so they don't really want a fight with door staff and the door staff don't really have a problem with the drinkers, so it's ideal if you can talk them out of their silly high jinks, it's a win win situation, if the door staff don't get violent and it's a win for the drinkers because, 1. they don't spend the night with the Police and 2 they don't wake up in pain from the door staff
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        Al W What does the art of fighting without fighting mean?

        It means tricking a guy from New Zealand into a boat to stop him from being an ass
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